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BiH: Dodik confirms he was called to make statement regarding genocide denial

Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik confirmed in Mostar on Wednesday that he had been summoned for questioning at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Prosecutor’s Office in connection with what he called a “suspected denial of genocide”.

“I am the man with the most reports against me. The next day some came to check on my statement last year that the school year would not start on the 28th but on the 2nd Someone was offended by it, and now, I have to go give a statement about it. “People from the Prosecution came today to ask me about my alleged denial of genocide,” Dodik said after meeting with Serb representatives in that city.

The call comes almost a month after the International Community’s High Representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko, decided to amend the BiH Criminal Code to ban genocide denial. Dodik strongly opposed the changes, and the Republika Srpska National Assembly declared Inzko’s decision invalid.

He added that he fights because some want foreigners to impose laws regardless of the content of these laws, but that it is clear that no agreement on this purpose will be reached in BiH.

“We Serbs are not mines and we do not want foreigners to decide for us. If he is here, then he cannot make laws as he pleases. “Of course, everything in FBiH came down to the history of genocide, but in fact, it has to do with the fact that an unelected foreigner can not make laws, not even in accordance with Bonn powers,” Dodik said.

Dodik is a strong opponent of the presence of the Office of the High Representative in BiH, which oversees the implementation of the peace process in the country and is designated by the Dayton Peace Accords with special powers to impose laws and dismiss officials.

Regarding the new High Representative, Christian Schmidt, Dodik said that the High Representative thus appointed suits the Bosniaks, but that the Serbs will not accept such a person.

“Maybe we can have a coffee with him, but only if it was the former agriculture minister who promised to do something for BiH but did not,” Dodik said.

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